'The Essential Tagore', a new anthology of Rabindranath Tagore's translated literature and art works, has been nominated the 'book of the year-2011' by eminent American philosopher, writer and critic Martha Nussbaum.
The book is a tribute to the Nobel laureate on his 150th birth anniversary. An ambitious collection, 'The Essential Tagore' has been hailed by critics as the largest single volume of the poet's work available in English.
It tries to represent the extraordinary achievements of Tagore in 10 literary genres: poetry, songs, autobiographical works, letters, travel writings, prose, novels, short stories, humorous pieces and plays.
In addition to the newest translations in modern idioms, a sampling of the poet's works originally composed in English, translations of his own works, three poems omitted from the published version of the 'Gitanjali' in English and an exclusive collection of art work have found their way into the book.
Translations were contributed by writers and critics of international repute, including Amit Chaudhuri, Amitav Ghosh and Sunetra Gupta.